Right on the main road running through Darende and within walking distance of the Somoncu Baba shrine, the high-rise Tiryandafil Hotel was originally planned as srudent accommodation before being converted into a hotel. The result means unexpectedly spacious rooms with more storage room than usual. a big plus if you tire of staying in cramped spaces.

My fourth-floor room had decor that mixed Ottomanesque wallpaper designs with safe white woodwork and bed coverings to pleasing effect. I was a little suprised to have to make up my own bed but that was explained as being so that I could choose between having a summer bedsheet or a duvet on it. 

A wall-mounted TV offered AlJazeera amongst many other choices. The wifi worked well although the air-con might be a little iffy in very hot weather as it of the old-fashioned centrally controlled kind. The small fridge was stocked only with water - I felt that for the price the room should really have had a kettle in it. 

The bathroom was reasonably sized with a big sink but relatively small shower cabinet. This also had quite a steep step up, so not great for the mobility impaired. 

Breakfast is served in an inviting first-floor dining room that doubles as a restaurant in the evening. The choice on offer was fairly standard and items that ran out were not replaced for those who came later.

Other hotel amenities include a hamam and sauna as well as hairdressing salon. There's lots of information about what to see in and around Darende available too. 

Although there are steps down to the hotel's main restaurant there is also a ramp so no one should have trouble getting into it. 

Thumbs up: Very spacious rooms

Thumbs down: Only one lift which wouldn't be enough at busy times; some housekeeping issues

Tel: 0422-615 3095

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